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Italian Research Day in the World: “The endocannabinoidome and gut microbiome: complexity and redundance in cell-to-cell communication”, conferenza di Vincenzo Di Marzo”, a lecture by Vincenzo Di Marzo, Canada Excellence Research Chair on the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health (CERC-MEND) at Laval University, Quebec (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

Date:

04/20/2021


Italian Research Day in the World: “The endocannabinoidome and gut microbiome: complexity and redundance in cell-to-cell communication”, conferenza di Vincenzo Di Marzo”, a lecture by Vincenzo Di Marzo, Canada Excellence Research Chair on the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health (CERC-MEND) at Laval University, Quebec (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

The Embassy of Italy in Canada, in collaboration with th Italian Cultural Institute in Montreal the Consulate General of Italy in Montreal and the Italian Scientific Community in Canada (CSIC)-Québec section, is pleased to present, on the occasion of the of Italian Research in the World, the conference by Prof. Vincenzo Di Marzo, Canada Excellence Research Chair on the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health (CERC-MEND) at the Université Laval of Québec. Promoted by the Ministry of University and Research, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and with the Ministry of Health, the Italian Research Day in the World intends to promote every year, on April 15th, Leonardo da Vinci's date of birth, the value of Italian research carried out in Italy and abroad. Speakers Claudio Taffuri, Ambassador of Italy to Canada, Silvia Costantini, Consul General of Italy in Montreal, Anna Galluccio, Scientific Attaché, and Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Montreal.

Tuesday April 20,2021 12:00pm 

Registration required

Chemical signaling among and within cells is crucial to the correct functioning of all living organisms, and its defects are at the basis of most diseases. One chemical signaling system that plays a fundamental role in mammalian physiology and pathology is the endocannabinoidome: an expanded version of the endocannabinoid system that was discovered from studies on cannabis psychoactive principle, THC. The endocannabinoidome is now emerging as also being able to communicate with, hence regulating and being regulated by, another complex system: the gut microbiome. Through its billions of microorganisms living in symbiosis with their host, and their armamentarium of genes, proteins and small metabolites, the gut microbiome provides a much wider array of cellular communication possibilities, which, when disrupted, may however contribute to pathology. These two systems, and their reciprocal interactions, will be briefly described in my lecture.

Vincenzo Di Marzo is Canada Excellence Research Chair on the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health (CERC-MEND) at Laval University, Quebec, Canada (https://cerc-mend.chaire.ulaval.ca/en/home/), and associated Research Director at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of the National Research Council (ICB-CNR) in Pozzuoli, Italy (https://www.icb.cnr.it/personale/dipendenti/pozzuoli/). He is also the coordinator of the Endocannabinoid Research Group (www.icb.cnr.it/erg) in the Naples region, and the director of the Joint International Research Unit between the Italian National Research Council and Université Laval, for Chemical and Biomolecular Research on the Microbiome and its impact on Metabolic Health and Nutrition (MicroMeNu, www.umilaval.cnr.it). He holds a ChemD from the University of Naples in 1983, and a PhD in Biochemistry from Imperial College in London in 1988. He is co-author of about 750 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2014-2020 he has been listed for 7 consecutive years among the Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% in the world) in all scientific disciplines (https://hcr.clarivate.com/). He has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards, including: a Human Frontier Science Program research grant to study the biosynthesis, metabolism, and structure-activity relationships of anandamide; the Mechoulam Award for “his outstanding contributions to cannabinoid research”; the Ester Fride Award for Basic Science from the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines. Since November 2018 he is member of the Italian “Accademia dei Lincei”, the oldest academy of the sciences in the world.

Information

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: At 12:00 pm

Organized by : Ambasciata d’Italia in Canada

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montréal - Consolato

Entrance : Free


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